Archive for June, 2018

Help Us Test Translations & Steam Workshop

June 20: Update 21 ct4 adds the latest translation contributions from the community. Thanks to everyone who has helped. Keep the translations coming! The updated build also includes support for Workshop in VR plus a handful of improvements and fixes to translation tools and the new save dialog.

We’re getting closer to releasing two new, big features:

  • Localization (Support for Other Languages)
  • Steam Workshop (Sharing Simulations)

Now we need your help testing both of these! Jump into the Community Test build and start changing languages, translating, and sharing simulations.


Universe Sandbox set to Spanish. Interface enlarged to show text.
Universe Sandbox set to Spanish. Interface enlarged to show text.

Change language:
Home > Settings > General > Selected Language

Home > Help Translate

Universe Sandbox currently supports a number of more widely-used languages that have been translated via Google Translate. We’d love your help with translating Universe Sandbox into any languages you speak! Learn more about how you can help translate Universe Sandbox.

Steam Workshop

Viewing a simulation from Steam Workshop with a custom description.
Viewing a simulation from Steam Workshop with a custom description. No explanation can be provided for the surplus of pumpkin-related content.

Share simulations to Steam Workshop:
Home > Save > Share to Steam Workshop

Browse & open Steam Workshop simulations:
Home > Workshop

Sharing simulations now will help us test this feature and also help us build up a big catalog of sims on Steam Workshop, so we can show off the creativity of the Universe Sandbox community from day one of the official Workshop release.

As part of our redesigned save dialog and support for Steam Workshop, simulations now support custom descriptions that appear when the simulation loads. And even cooler? These descriptions support the same BBCode formatting that Steam does. Two differences: It also supports images with [img]url[/img], and even animated GIFs! But it does not support [noparse].

Opt Into the Community Test Build

  1.  Right-click on the game title in your Steam Library
  2.  Click on ‘Properties’
  3.  Select the ‘Betas’ tab
  4.  Set the dropdown menu to ‘community-test’
  5.  Close the Properties window
  6.  Steam will now update Universe Sandbox ² to the Community Test build
  7.  Once updated, launch Universe Sandbox ²

Please note: We’ve done extensive testing on both of these features, but this is a Community Test build for a reason. There are still changes we have planned, and you may encounter bugs. If you do, please let us know through our forums (local | Steam) or in-game via Home > Send Feedback.

Thanks for testing and for your patience!

An overview of changes in the current Community Test build is available here: What’s New | Community Tests

Help Translate Universe Sandbox

Universe Sandbox set to Spanish. Interface enlarged to show text.
Universe Sandbox set to Spanish. Interface enlarged to show text.

We’d love your help translating Universe Sandbox into any languages you know!

All languages currently in Universe Sandbox (besides English) have been translated by Google Translate, which sometimes produces strange results. While we think this is an improvement over having no translations at all, we want to provide the most accurate translations possible so that users from all over the world can enjoy Universe Sandbox.

We may eventually have professional translations for some of the more widely-used languages, but we don’t want to stop there. We want to support any number of languages. And because Universe Sandbox is constantly growing and evolving, it’s important that we have help from others to build and maintain all of these translations. This is where you, the community, come in.


Translating Via Universe Sandbox

Right now, in-game translation is only available if you’ve opted into our latest Community Test build on Steam (learn more about how to opt-in). We are still working hard on the official release, which will hopefully be available soon!

To submit translations via Universe Sandbox:

  1. Click Home > Help Translate
  2. Click Translate (or press F2) in the bottom-right corner
  3. Click on any green text to open our translation site (Crowdin) in your browser
    • Some text, such as randomly generated names, cannot be translated 
  4. Login or create a Crowdin account then suggest a new/improved translation*
  5. To exit Translate Mode in Universe Sandbox, click Translate (or press F2) again
    • You can remove the Translate button entirely by turning off Help Translate in Home > Settings

*By default, you will submit a translation for whichever language is selected in Universe Sandbox. To change languages in Universe Sandbox, click Home > Settings > General > Selected Language. You can also change which language you’re suggesting a translation for in Crowdin by clicking the “Other Languages” tab below the translation input box.


Translating On Our Translation Site (Crowdin)

Crowdin is a system that helps manage translation projects by making it easy for anyone to submit new translations and vote on the best ones.

Even if you haven’t opted into the Community Test build, you can still head to our project on Crowdin and help with translating:
Universe Sandbox Translation Project on Crowdin

If you have opted into the Community Test build, you can still translate from Crowdin, if you prefer. While there may be text that only makes sense when viewed in its context in Universe Sandbox, there will also be moments when you want to suggest a bunch of translations and don’t need to go back into Universe Sandbox. Feel free to continue through the list of text in Crowdin and translate as much as you want!


Setting Universe Sandbox to Other Languages

Change languages in Universe Sandbox:
Home > Settings > General > Selected Language

Please note that you will not see suggested translations in Universe Sandbox immediately. Over time we will update existing languages with improved translations from the community. These will be included in our typical updates.

If you’d like to see a language included in Universe Sandbox that is not there already, please let us know! If approved, we will add requested languages to our Crowdin project (with Google Translations as the base) and then start accepting improved translations on Crowdin. Then in a future update we will add the language to Universe Sandbox to allow in-game translation.

Thanks for everyone’s help in making Universe Sandbox more accessible!